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  • SBB Research Group Foundation Awards Additional Grants to 3 Illinois Nonprofits

    The SBB Research Group Foundation invited three prior grant recipients to share updates on their critical efforts to support the local community. The Foundation awarded additional grants to further each of the respective organization’s missions (organizations listed alphabetically): Caring 4 Kids Clothing (Winthrop Harbor, IL) Caring for Kids Clothing addresses the pressing issue of clothing inadequacy among hundreds of children annually. Providing essential items such as warm winter gear, school uniforms, everyday clothing, and more, ensuring that every child's basic needs are met. Intergenerational Computer Education (Chicago, IL) Intergenerational Computer Education (ICE) aims to empower individuals across all age groups to excel in the digital realm through inclusive education and training. Milton Township Food Pantry (Wheaton, IL) Milton Township Food Pantry’s provides support to individuals and families facing food insecurity. This organization ensures residents have access to nutritious, wholesome fresh food, including perishable and non-perishable items. "We're proud to support these organizations as they continue to make meaningful differences in their community," said Matt Aven, co-founder and board member of the SBB Research Group Foundation. The Foundation encourages any 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization to apply for a grant at sbbrg.org/apply-for-grant. Donations are awarded to different organizations monthly. This story can be found on Yahoo!

  • Willow House Receives the SBB Research Group Foundation Grant

    Willow House received a $5,000 grant from the SBB Research Group Foundation, which awards monthly grants to support impactful organizations. Willow House, located in Bannockburn, Illinois, is committed to providing grief support and education to individuals coping with the loss of a parent, sibling, or child. Their mission is to create a supportive environment where individuals can navigate the grieving process alongside others who share similar experiences. Willow House's vision is to ensure that no child, teen, or parent grieves alone, offering hope and healing to those in need. Through peer support groups, Willow House brings together individuals of all ages dealing with the death of a loved one. These groups provide a safe space for expressing emotions, honoring memories, and sharing personal stories. Thanks to the generosity of donors and volunteers, Willow House's services are provided free of charge. David Scheffler, Executive Director, emphasizes, "We want to provide a safe, comfortable place for families to express their grief and be among others who understand it. Willow House will always be there for them, immediately following a loss or down the road." Willow House also offers its services to schools, educating and assisting staff to better aid grieving students, including crisis support, professional development, and grief support strategies. The Expressive Arts Program, a source of pride, provides hands-on activities like painting, songwriting, and yoga to help participants of all ages honor memories, build coping skills, and share their stories in a supportive environment. Furthermore, Willow House raises awareness about grief within the community, offering education and support to community groups, corporations, and other local organizations. Consultation services include neighborhood gatherings, educational consultations, program development, in-services for professionals, and referrals to experienced mental health professionals. "We are proud to support Willow House in their pursuit of practical, community-based grief support, ensuring accessible care for those affected by loss," said Matt Aven, co-founder and board member of the SBB Research Group Foundation. This story can be found on PRWeb and Yahoo! Finance

  • SBB Research Group Foundation Names March 2024 Grant Finalists: OMNI Youth Services, Open Communities, Willow House

    The SBB Research Group Foundation recognizes three Chicago-area charities as the March 2024 finalists of its monthly grant program supporting impactful nonprofits (in alphabetical order): OMNI Youth Services (Wheeling, IL) functions as a holistic behavioral health entity, catering to various communities in Illinois by providing readily available counseling services and community initiatives aimed at enhancing the well-being of young people, families, and individuals. Open Communities (Evanston, IL) is committed to eliminating housing discrimination and unjust behaviors that sustain inequality. It cultivates vibrant, inclusive communities by defending fair housing policies, offering housing counseling, providing education and outreach, and engaging in advocacy efforts. Willow House (Bannockburn, IL) offers grief support and educational resources to young individuals, families, schools, and other affected communities coping with the loss of a parent, sibling, or child. Its no-cost services serve as a starting point for healing, offering a supportive environment for individuals to mourn alongside others who have experienced similar losses. It aspires to ensure that no child, teenager, or parent undergoes the grieving process alone. The Foundation encourages any 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization to apply for a grant at sbbrg.org/apply-for-grant. Donations are awarded to different organizations monthly. This story can be found on GlobeNewsire

  • The SBB Research Group Foundation Sponsors Renaissance Knights Chess Foundation

    The Renaissance Knights Chess Foundation collaborated in a volunteer initiative alongside the SBB Research Group Foundation, which partners with local nonprofits through its Champion A Charity Program. The spirit of chess returned to McCormick Place as the 15th Annual Greater Chicago K-12 Chess Championship Tournament unfolded. Sponsored by the SBB Research Group Foundation (SBBRG Foundation) and the Renaissance Knights Chess Foundation (RKCF), the event aimed to nurture young minds through the ancient game of kings. With a focus on empowering youth through strategic thinking, analytical skills and teamwork, the SBBRG Foundation, RKCF, and other partners organized a day of camaraderie and competition. Over 700 students from various grade levels were enrolled in the event, including several hundred from Chicago Public Schools (CPS) with Title I low-income backgrounds, highlighting the commitment to accessible chess education. Participants competed across various categories, showcasing the diversity and talent within the Chicago chess community. Sandeep Navalgund, a Director at the SBBRG Foundation, expressed delight at the enthusiasm among participants. "It was great to see students and families excited to be part of the event, regardless of their age and skill level. The students' excitement made our involvement worthwhile," Navalgund remarked. The tournament, sanctioned by the United States Chess Federation (USCF), provided a platform for young chess enthusiasts to compete in USCF-rated matches, improving their strategic skills while aiming for titles and recognition. For those interested in tournament standings and memorable moments, detailed information is available on the Greater Chicago K-12 Chess Championship Tournament official website. This story can be found on GlobeNewswire and Yahoo! Finance

  • The SBB Research Group Foundation Sponsors Automotive Mentoring Group

    The Automotive Mentoring Group collaborated in a volunteer initiative alongside the SBB Research Group Foundation, which partners with local nonprofits through its Champion A Charity Program. The SBBRG Foundation and the Automotive Mentoring Group (AMG) recently co-hosted an event aimed at community improvement and philanthropic awareness. Organized by Alan Handler, the gathering brought together seven family offices for an exclusive tour and presentation at the AMG garages. AMG, established in 2007, has provided opportunities for over 300 young individuals to develop workforce skills. The organization's commitment to mentorship and skill-building has had a positive impact on both participants and their communities. The event commenced with a guided tour of the AMG garages by Founder Alex Levesque, alongside students and mentors. Attendees observed firsthand AMG's transformative work, from its advanced training facilities to success stories of program graduates. The objective was to showcase AMG's tangible impact. The collaboration between SBBRG Foundation and AMG underscores the value of collective effort and shared responsibility in fostering community engagement beyond financial support. The event aimed to forge lasting partnerships to propel AMG's mission forward. For more details, please visit www.amgmentoring.org. This story can be found on Business Wire

  • University of Arizona Student Receives SBB Research Group Foundation STEM Scholarship

    The SBB Research Group Foundation named Emerald Bell a recipient of its STEM scholarship. The $2,500 award empowers students to create value for society by pursuing higher learning through interdisciplinary combinations of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Emerald Bell, a fourth-year graduate student, studies nursing at the University of Arizona. She is part of an ongoing investigation into how vaginal and gut microbiomes contribute to chronic pelvic pain and endometriosis in the Herbst-Kralovetz Lab at the University of Arizona. She has also assisted in a recent bioanalysis project with Dr. Nicole Jimenez. "Emerald's research is fascinating, and I'm so happy that we can support her in her graduate work," said Matt Aven, co-founder and board member of the SBB Research Group Foundation. For eligibility criteria and more information on the Foundation's STEM scholarship, please visit www.sbbscholarship.org. This story can be found on PRWeb and Yahoo!

  • The SBB Research Group Foundation Sponsors Women United of Lake County

    Women United of Lake County collaborated in a volunteer initiative alongside the SBB Research Group Foundation, which partners with local nonprofits through its Champion A Charity Program. This volunteer project, led by Sonia Munoz, created Halloween snack packs for children in need, specifically those residing at emergency shelters operated by A Safe Place, a partner agency of Women United. This project brought warmth and happiness to children facing difficult circumstances. The snack packs were distributed during a Halloween celebration organized at A Safe Place’s facilities, offering a moment of joy amidst challenging times. "This volunteer project is a beautiful example of how individuals and organizations can come together to make a meaningful impact on children facing adversity. It serves as a reminder that a small act of kindness can go a long way in brightening someone's day and fostering a stronger, more compassionate community," said Munoz. The Halloween snack packs served as symbols of hope and care for children who had to leave their homes due to domestic abuse. They provided comfort and joy, demonstrating the power of community collaboration. The funds allocated for the project, along with remaining contributions, will be used for future projects designed to prepare children for kindergarten. Additionally, the funds will support community partners in providing children with the tools and resources they need to succeed in school, work, and life. To learn more about Women United and their ongoing efforts to make a difference in Lake County, visit their website at www.liveunitedlakecounty.org/women-united. This story can be found on Yahoo!

  • University of Michigan Student Receives SBB Research Group Foundation STEM Scholarship

    The SBB Research Group Foundation named Nadxieli Valencia a recipient of its STEM scholarship. The $2,500 award empowers students to create value for society by pursuing higher learning through interdisciplinary combinations of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Nadxieli Valencia, a freshman, studies Biology at the University of Michigan. Recently, she shadowed a surgeon and imaging specialist at Lurie Children's Hospital in Chicago and completed a Stop the Bleed course through the American College of Surgeons. "Nadxieli has accomplished so much for a first-year college student. We are thrilled to support her as she continues to grow," said Matt Aven, co-founder and board member of the SBB Research Group Foundation. For eligibility criteria and more information on the Foundation's STEM scholarship, please visit www.sbbscholarship.org. This story can be found on PRWeb

  • The SBBRG Foundation Sponsors Neponset Rowing Club

    Neponset Rowing Club collaborated in a volunteer initiative alongside SBB Research Group Foundation, which partners with local nonprofits through its Champion A Charity Program. In Boston's Dorchester and Mattapan neighborhoods, a volunteer project for the nonprofit Neponset Rowing Club is making waves. Robert Davis championed this project to support a significant fundraising initiative. These funds are vital to help the organization achieve its goals, which include expanding building capacity and outreach to bring more young people into rowing. Davis said, "We are committed to empowering our communities through rowing, and this fundraising initiative is a crucial step toward that goal." A particular focus is placed on neighboring communities that have historically been underserved. The fundraising program is now in full swing, representing a critical step in the organization's journey to achieve its strategic objectives. One notable aspect of this initiative is the focus on engaging both individual and business donors, presenting them with unique opportunities to get involved and make a meaningful difference. The funds raised through this initiative will go toward equipment purchases and maintenance, which are essential for the club to operate efficiently and provide a safe and enjoyable rowing experience. Additionally, the funds will support scholarships that align with the organization's commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. These scholarships provide opportunities for young athletes who have yet to gain exposure to rowing or the means to participate in this sport. This volunteer project is a testament to the power of dedicated individuals and organizations coming together to make a meaningful impact. Through their efforts in fundraising and outreach, Neponset Rowing Club is breaking down barriers to ensure that underserved populations have equal opportunities to experience the sport and its associated benefits. To gain more insight into the mission and work of Neponset Rowing Club, you can visit their website at www.neponsetrowingclub.org. This story can be found on Yahoo!

  • The SBB Research Group Foundation Sponsors The Dragonfly Foundation

    The Dragonfly Foundation collaborated in a volunteer initiative alongside the SBB Research Group Foundation, which partners with local nonprofits through its Champion A Charity Program. Organized by Janine Bragdon, the project aimed to provide support to families affected by pediatric cancer and stress the importance of holistic well-being after treatment. The Dragonfly Foundation emphasizes the need to extend support beyond medical interventions. The organization advocates for a holistic, unwavering commitment to the well-being of these families, acknowledging that the effects may linger for years. During the event, SBB Research Group Foundation volunteers wrapped gifts purchased for families affiliated with the Dragonfly Foundation, demonstrating a commitment to making a positive impact. Janine Bragdon expressed her joy in being part of this event and highlighted the importance of these initiatives in positively impacting the lives of Dragonfly families. She looks forward to supporting more families in the future. This partnership underscores a commitment to enhancing the well-being of these families beyond medical care, with the goal of inspiring others to participate and build a community network of support. For more details, please visit dragonfly.org. This story can be found on BusinessWire

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